[ kə-tăkrə-tĭz′əm ]


A condition of the pulse in which there are one or more secondary expansions of the artery following the main beat, producing upward notches or waves on the downstroke of the pulse tracing.

Related formscat′a•crotic (kăt′ə-krŏtĭk) adj.

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